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 Volunteer For the Annual Meeting

80th Annual Meeting Volunteer Application
April 15-19, 2015

San Francisco, CA

SAA is looking for volunteers to assist with all on-site meeting services. The 80th Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA on April 15-19, 2015.

Volunteer Requirements:

There is only one requirement for volunteering: You must be able to work a total of 8 hours (two four-hour shifts). In return for your time, you will receive a free meeting registration that gives you full access to the 80th Annual Meeting.


Training will be provided through detailed and targeted manuals sent to you electronically prior to the meeting along with on-the-job instruction. Volunteers must pick up their registration packet at the volunteer registration table in the registration area at the beginning of the annual meeting. As always, SAA staff will be on hand to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have!

Continuing this year:

Session attendant volunteers (please see note under the description for session room attendants as there are changes) will be allowed to request specific sessions once the Preliminary Program is available in December. If you submit an application before the Preliminary Program is available, you can revise your shift availability to reflect those sessions you would like. Please send any changes to Ahryel Tinker, and please note that these requests will be taken on a first come, first served basis. We may not be able to accommodate all of your choices. We will send an e-mail to all session attendant volunteers to let them know when the Preliminary Program is available.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the application form at the bottom of this page and send it to SAA headquarters. The deadline for the application is February 3, 2015. Be sure to press the Send Form button at the bottom of the page. Volunteer opportunities are limited so please respond ASAP. If you are a presenter, we understand you will not know your schedule until the Preliminary Program is online in December and you will never be scheduled for a shift that conflicts with your session. You will receive an email confirmation if you are accepted as a volunteer within two weeks of the receipt of your application. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Ahryel Tinker at Ahryel_Tinker@saa.org or by phone at +1(202)559-7382.

Volunteer Job Descriptions:

Advance Registration: Involves distributing registration packets to those participants who are pre-registered for the meeting. May require word processing skills for typing/printing badges. This job has a high level of activity Wednesday through Thursday of the meeting and slows down Friday through Sunday. Interpersonal skills are a must.

On-Site Registration:  Involves registering individuals for the meeting in a fast paced environment. Individuals will process forms and handle payments. Credit card processing and cash register experience is required. This job has a high level of activity Wednesday through Friday morning and volunteers must work quickly and efficiently.  Interpersonal skills are a must.

SAA Meeting Office: Involves a variety of diverse tasks from low to high levels of activity. Individuals in this job must be flexible and willing to help on an ad hoc basis. 

SAA Exhibit Booth:  Interpersonal skills are exercised in assisting with the sales of books and merchandise in an interactive environment.  Individuals are expected to stand for long periods of time and activity levels can vary.  Credit card and cash register experience is preferred.

SAA Exhibit Booth Setup/Takedown: Requires a moderate level of strength and enjoyment of physical work.  Involves assembling or disassembling the booth and tables and arranging or packing merchandise and books.

Native American Scholarships Silent Auction Booth: Involves assisting members with bidding and processing winning bids.  Interpersonal skills are a must.

Session Room Attendant: Involves distribution of equipment, LCD troubleshooting, and monitoring sessions.  Depending on a session's size, individuals may have to stand for an extended period of time.

  • Note: Different from last year--one session attendant will be assigned to monitor up to THREE rooms simultaneously.


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